Celebrate Shakespeare in 2016!

Welcome to Will’s World – home of all our Shakespeare 2016 celebrations!

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we’ll be bringing you lots of brand-new resources to help you explore the enduring relevance of his plays, characters and language with your students – and get them excited about learning English!

Below you will find all of these latest resources – including lesson plans, quizzes and infographics – plus details of our creative writing competition, events and links to other drama and Shakespeare-related resources.



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Shakespeare for Life lessons

This brand-new series of lesson plans and videos  is designed to help you get students excited about Shakespeare and explore the enduring relevance of his language, and plays in our everyday lives.  Designed for Intermediate level students, there’ll be a lesson plan and video to accompany each of our seven Shakespeare titles.

Explore the series

Fun and games

Looking for a light introduction to Shakespeare or a fun class activity?  Take a look at our quizzes, infographics and charades videos!

No foul play please!

Have fun

Shakespeare webinar day

On Wednesday 20th April, just ahead of the Bard’s big 400th anniversary, we’ll be presenting a special day of FREE expert-led webinars.

Join us for talks from inspiring speakers including Author Chris Rose and Actor Carol Noakes, who will share some ‘tricks of the trade’ to help teachers, Teens, Adult and Business students communicate confidently and boost their ‘performances’ at work.

Book your FREE place now


Schools competition

From March 1st, we’ll be inviting students from across the world to enter our exciting new schools competition and show off their creative writing and artistic skills on the Macmillan Readers ‘stage’!

Watch this space for details…

Hip-Hop Shakespeare

What do Hip-Hop and Shakespeare have in common? A lot more than you might think! We’ve teamed up with rap star Akala and his world-renowned Hip-Hop Shakespeare Company to bring you an exclusive new (ELT-friendly) rap on the Macmillan Dictionary!

More details coming soon.

One stop Shakespeare

As well as enjoying all the resources here on Macmillan Readers, you can find a great range of Shakespeare resources on onestopenglish – for a variety of learning levels.

From a Shakespeare webquest to the audio adventure England: To be or not to be, there’s plenty to entertain and engage!

Visit onestopenglish

Buy the books

To accompany all of your 2016 Shakespeare classroom celebrations, be sure to stock up on plenty of Shakespeare Graded Readers!  Our seven titles are available to buy as print books, books + CD and eBooks.

There’s also a new eBook collection available featuring all seven titles.

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Young Learners

Shakespeare can be a little challenging for Young Learners, but you can still get involved in our celebrations by bringing drama into your classroom this year.

Read what Macmillan author Jeanne Perrett has to say about the benefits of using drama with Young Learners and then download our guide, full of ready-made activities to use in class.

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